Public Health Program at Howard Community College

Public Health Program at Howard Community College


The public health curriculum at Howard Community
College is now offered exclusively online! Our flexible course offerings are the perfect
way to start your career in public health! The study of public health explores the many
factors that affect the overall health of a population and contribute
to the spread, treatment, and prevention of disease. The study of health is a very dynamic degree. It encompasses a lot of different disciplines
including occupational health, health education, environmental health,
advocacy. Public health services also include educating
people on the health risks in the community, connecting individuals
with health services in the community and improving the health of the population. Students who get a degree in public health
can go on to work in a variety of professions, such as epidemiologist,
health advocate and family planning counselor. It’s such a wide array of opportunities when
you are a public health major. You can become a teacher, or you can
become an epidemiologist, or you can, you could even transfer over to another aspect
as, like, such as nursing or, like, engineering as well. Public health jobs are very in demand right
now. In fact, jobs in the public health field are
expected to grow by 16% between 2016 and 2026, with a median salary
around $45,000. They could be a health educator, educating
at risk populations on different things like diabetes or cancer or
high blood pressure. And they can do that at a variety of settings,
in a hospital, in a health department, a local nonprofit organization, wellness centers,
workplace wellness centers. Government agencies are constantly looking
for public health advocates, so the, the field is really wide open and
it’s really for the student to choose what best fits them and their career objectives. HCC’s program is led by instructors with
years of experience in public health. They bring what they’ve learned in their
jobs to their students, making for a more dynamic classroom experience. I’ve had speakers from the health department,
local health improvement coalition was there, I had other people from
local nonprofits, as well as some private citizens. It really gives the students a broad picture,
really, of what’s available out there in terms of job perspectives. The teachers are so encouraging and they make
the material so interesting to learn and the fact that we have
discussions, we have hands-on projects, we actually go out in the field and we actually
get to have a real-life experience. It makes such a big difference. I really like to have my students engage. I let them know, um, initially, that I expect
them to do most of the talking. Um, of course it’s important for me to lay
the foundation of the program, but after that, it’s really up to
them to, um, also engage. A lot of them do come with a plethora of experience
from public health or different sectors. HCC also offers internships which give students
valuable experience at local health institutions. I’m doing my internship at the Howard County
Health Department, so we’re working with WIC, and we talk to low income
mothers and children about healthy eating. I’m applying knowledge I’ve taken from my
classes in like the real world. With an associate degree from HCC, students
are well-prepared to enter the workforce as community health workers, or
to transfer to a four-year school. I think HCC prepared me really well. With the classes I knew what I was doing. I didn’t feel lost like many, like,
of my other classmates. So yeah, I feel like it, it gave me a good
jumpstart. They prepared me with all the classes honestly
because I’ve taken everything from environmental health to
epidemiology, to women’s health, to community health, and it all led to a really good foundation
for the classes that I went on towards at my four-year college. I feel like public health has made a huge
impact in my own life because the more classes I take, and the more I
learn, I become more and more passionate about it. For more information, visit our website, at
howardcc.edu.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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